Laundry and Utility Fixtures Buying Guide

Laundry rooms and mudrooms are busy places, so they need sinks and faucets that are both durable and stylish. This buying guide can help you learn more about the fixtures that are available and determine which ones are right for you.

Types of Laundry and Utility Fixtures

Types of Laundry and Utility Fixtures

Whether you want to add vintage charm to your laundry area or create a streamlined look, it's easy to find a sink that's up to the challenge. Old-fashioned freestanding laundry tubs are still available, or drop-in sinks can be added to a countertop above cabinets if space is an issue. If you really want to streamline laundry chores, you may want to splurge on a jetted sink that takes the hard work out of hand-washing clothes. If you plan to combine a laundry room and mudroom area, a floor sink becomes a convenient option. Here's a look at the most common laundry fixtures available.

Utility Sinks

Also called laundry sinks or laundry tubs, these sinks are convenient for hand-washing clothes or for gardening chores, such as watering plants or washing pots. The sinks vary in size and depth. You can opt for a freestanding model with legs for a vintage look, or go with a wall-mount version or a standard drop-in or undermount sink installed in a countertop.

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Cashel
$59.99

CSHL1002 Features The Essential Sink Kit comes with the 14.5-gallon tub, mounting assemblies, and installation instructions. Count...ry of Manufacture: United States Product Type: Laundry sink Finish: White Material: Plastic Dimensions Overall Height -... read more

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Our expandable Kohler Chrome Kitchen Sink Utility Rack is so convenient, you'll wonder how you ever did without it. Use it as a dr...ying rack for cups and dishes, and to hold a sponge. A removable soaker well is the ideal spot for soaking dirty utensils, and there's even a place on the side to hold a dish cloth. A non-slip coating keeps the rack in place. read more

Blanco
$414.99

Make laundry less of a chore with this clean and modern drop-in sink. A large single-basin design makes it ideal for soaking and s...tain treating, while sound deadening pads and a rail clip system make installation a breeze. Rectangular single basin... read more

Blanco
$414.99

Make laundry less of a chore with this clean and modern drop-in sink. A large single-basin design makes it ideal for soaking and s...tain treating, while sound deadening pads and a rail clip system make installation a breeze. Rectangular single basin... read more

Jetted Laundry Sinks

A few manufacturers offer laundry sinks with micro-jets, which can help lift dirt from fabric on clothes that need to be hand-washed.

Floor Sinks

These models, installed in the floor, are handy additions to the mudroom or utility room. They form a convenient dog-washing station or can be used to fill large buckets or wash off muddy boots.

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Advance Tabco
$565.80

ADVT1644 Features For commercial use only Includes basket drains Utility sink Attachable drainboards Stainless steel sink cover On...e compartment Product Type: Service sink Finish: Stainless Steel Material: Stainless steel Country of Manufacture: United... read more

Advance Tabco
$565.80

ADVT1644 Features For commercial use only Includes basket drains Utility sink Attachable drainboards Stainless steel sink cover On...e compartment Product Type: Service sink Finish: Stainless Steel Material: Stainless steel Country of Manufacture: United... read more

Elkay
$2,187.00 $1421.55

Elkay 28" Stainless Steel Floor Service Sink with Drain Fitting Highest quality sink formed of 16 gauge nickel bearing stainless s...teel. Product Features: Floor mount Stainless steel Coved corners: 1-3/4" vertical and horizontal radius Apron on three... read more

Advance Tabco
$669.24

ADVT1640 Features For commercial use only Includes basket drain Utility sink Material: 430 Stainless steel 16 Gauge 1 Compartment ...Product Type: Service sink Finish: Stainless Steel Material: Stainless steel Country of Manufacture: United States... read more

Laundry Faucets

You can use a faucet specifically designed for the laundry room or a standard kitchen or bath faucet. Although deck-mount faucets are more common, you can also use a wall-mount faucet if it works with your laundry room setup. Most importantly, check to make sure the faucet will work with the sink you choose.

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Delta Faucets
$59.99

Delta 2131LF is a two handle laundry faucet in a chrome finish. This faucet has a classic design and has functionality for a bathr...oom utility sink. Chrome Finish Laundry Faucet Faucet type: Kitchen Number of handles: Double-handle Faucet finish: Chrome... read more

Central Brass
$66.99

CTB1222 Features Lever handles Direct sweat inlets Replaceable seat Hose thread Straddle legs Distressed: No Product Type: Laundry... faucet Handle Included: Yes Number of Handles: 2 Mount: Centerset Dimensions 3.5" Centers 6" Cast swivel spout Faucet... read more

Product Features

Product Features

No one wants to spend any more time in the laundry room than they have to, so look for features on sinks and faucets that increase convenience and streamline chores. Here are a few handy options you may want to consider when selecting fixtures.

Integral Drainboard

Molded-in drainboards available on some sinks are designed to help with hand-washing clothes.

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$476.99 $429.29

Maximum space and style is handmade with this stainless steel double bowl undermount kitchen sink. For versatility when washing di...shes and preparing food, this sink is fully protected by Sound Guard undercoating which also reduces noise for an enjoyable experience. Crafted from high quality heavy duty 16 gauge premium grade 304 stainless steel Handmade individually Sound Guard undercoating and sound deadening pads for noise reduction Large drainboard allows you to drain the water away from dishes and can be installed on either the right or left side Sink type: Kitchen Sink style: Undermount Sink material: Stainless steel Exterior dimensions: 42 inches wide x 19 inches long x 10 inches deep Large Bowl Interior: 18 inches wide x 17 inches long x 10 inches deep Small Bowl Interior: 8 inches wide x 17 inches long x 7 inches deep Drain Board: 13 inches wide x 17 inches long Drain opening dimensions: 3.5 inch diameter Model: TZ4219CF Assembly Required Size: 18 - 19". read more

$476.99 $429.29

Maximum space and style is handmade with this stainless steel double bowl undermount kitchen sink. For versatility when washing di...shes and preparing food, this sink is fully protected by Sound Guard undercoating which also reduces noise for an... read more

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25LB Improved! Made from 95% Wyoming sodium bentonite clay with 5% zeolite for added odor control. Zeolite is a bright, white clay... with features that is effective at trapping toxins and odors. Zeolite is so pure, it is used to filter water. No dyes,... read more

High Backsplash

Some sinks feature a high backsplash that helps prevent water from splashing onto the wall behind it.

Sound Deadening Pads/Soundproof Undercoatings

Added under the sink body by the manufacturer, these features help decrease noise and are especially important for stainless-steel sinks.

Soaking Pan/Wire Rack

Some sinks come with built-in accessories designed to create moveable work areas for soaking or pretreating laundry.

Rear or Offset Drain

Sinks with a rear or offset drain have pipes at the back of the cabinet, so you have more cabinet space below to use for storage.

Pullout Spouts

Faucets with a spout that can be extended on a flexible hose can help with cleaning tasks.

High-Arc Spouts

Faucets with an arched spout can make it easier to fill large buckets of water.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

As you're shopping for laundry and utility fixtures, think about how you want your laundry room to look. Do you want your fixtures to stand out and add vintage charm, or fade into the background? Also keep space constraints in mind, and measure carefully before shopping for a sink. It's important also to think about how you'll use the space on a daily basis. Will the room be solely devoted to laundry, or will it double as a mudroom or gardening area? The answers to these questions can help lead you to a sink and faucet that suit your needs.

Material/Finish

Laundry and utility sinks are available in a variety of materials; each material has its own advantages and disadvantages. Cast-iron sinks, featuring a layer of porcelain enamel over cast iron, are durable and easy to maintain, and they're available in a variety of colors. Their smooth, glossy surface helps hide water spots, but they are susceptible to stains. Cast-iron sinks are often very heavy and may require a sturdy countertop and a special sink-base cabinet. Acrylic sinks are lightweight, easy to install, and more affordable than many other sink options. Their surface is stain-resistant and easy to clean, and scratches can be sanded and polished out. Stainless-steel sinks are affordable, durable, and easy to clean—but they can be scratched through everyday use and look dingy if you don't wipe them out regularly. Faucets, meanwhile, are available in a variety of finishes to match the color and style of your laundry room. Chrome is an affordable and versatile option, but many other finishes are also available.

Everyday Use

As you are considering the various sink types and configurations, consider how you will use it on a daily basis. If you'll be primarily using it for hand-washing clothes, look for a model with an integral drainboard. If you'll be using the sink for gardening tasks, you may want to opt for an extra-deep basin to make watering plants easier. If you need a place to wash your dog or will be combining your laundry area and mudroom, consider a handy floor sink.

Size

As you're shopping for a laundry or utility sink, consider the size of your laundry area as well as existing cabinetry. If you'll be installing the sink in a countertop with cabinets below, make sure the sink is sized right for the sink-base cabinet. If space is at a premium, consider purchasing a compact model. It's also important to choose a faucet that complements the size of the sink to ensure a balanced look.

Faucet Holes

Many laundry faucets are centerset models that require only one faucet hole, but if the spout and handles are installed separately, you'll need a sink with at least three holes. Some longer, trough-style utility sinks are designed for two or even three faucets. Consider what's best for your needs and space requirements.

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